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Top Mark Nzeocha News

  • Mark Nzeocha: Won't receive extension

    The 49ers declined the 2021 contract option on Nzeocha on Friday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

    Through his four seasons with the 49ers, Nzeocha posted 37 tackles (29 solo), one sack and one forced fumble. The 31-year-old will aim to compete for a role at linebacker and on special teams elsewhere for the upcoming year.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Shifts to active roster

    Nzeocha (quadriceps) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    Nzeocha will enter the lineup in Sunday's game versus the Cowboys, marking his first appearance on the field since Week 3. The sixth-year linebacker is expected to stick to special teams, where he played nearly all of his snaps prior to the injury.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Trending in right direction

    Nzeocha (quadriceps) has been designated for a return from injured reserve by the 49ers on Wednesday.

    Nzeocha has resided on IR since suffering the quadriceps injury in Week 3, but he's expected to return to practice this week. The 49ers will have 21 days to activate Nzeocha, and he could return as early as Sunday's game against the Bills.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Officially on IR

    The 49ers placed Nzeocha (quadriceps) on injured reserve Wednesday.

    Nzeocha has played in every game this season but logged all but three snaps on special teams. The 30-year-old linebacker will need to sit out at least three games before returning to action.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Will likely land on IR

    Coach Kyle Shanahan said Monday that Nzeocha (quadriceps) likely will be placed on injured reserve, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

    Nzeocha suffered the injury late in Sunday's win over the Giants and didn't return. It appears he's dealing with a serious issue, though, so he'll likely spend at least three weeks on the sidelines as he recovers. Nzeocha rarely plays on defense, but his absence will hurt the team's linebacker depth and special-teams units.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Dealing with injury

    Nzeocha suffered a quadriceps injury in Sunday's game against the Giants and didn't return, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

    It's unclear when Nzeocha suffered the injury, however, he failed to return to the game. His practice status Tuesday and Wednesday will paint a clearer picture of his chances to suit up for next week's game against the Eagles.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Records first pro interception

    Nzeocha had 10 tackles (eight solo) and an interception over 16 games as a backup in 2019.

    Nzeocha saw a season-high 16 defensive snaps in Week 1, resulting in his first career interception. The 30-year-old faded into the background after that, recording just 13 total defensive snaps over the 49ers' final 15 games of the regular season. Despite his lack of usage during the regular season, Nzeocha did get some action during the team's playoff run, so he could remain in San Francisco's future plans.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Exits Saturday's game

    Nzeocha left Saturday's divisional-round win over the Vikings with a stinger, Keiana Martin of the 49ers' official site reports.

    Nzeocha had one tackle before going down with the injury. The 29-year-old's practice participation next week will provide an idea of his potential availability for the NFC Championship Game.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Nabs pick in win

    Nzeocha recorded two tackles and an interception in Sunday's 31-17 win over the Buccaneers.

    Nzeocha had a relatively quiet day apart from the interception, but he only saw the field for 16 of 70 defensive snaps (23 percent). The 29-year-old operated in a rotational role last season, logging 23 total tackles and a forced fumble over 16 contests. Based on the first game of the 2019 campaign, it seems Nzeocha is heading for a similar role this season.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Lands three-year deal with 49ers

    Nzeocha signed a three-year contract with the 49ers on Friday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

    Nzeocha appeared in all 16 games with the 49ers last season in a rotational role, recording 23 tackles, one sack and one interception. The 29-year-old veteran projects to reprise a similar role in San Francisco going forward.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Draws in Sunday

    Nzeocha (groin) will play in Sunday's game versus the Seahawks.

    Nzeocha works in a rotational role on the team's defense and hasn't made more than four tackles in a game this year. He'll remain in this position behind Malcolm Smith on the depth chart.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Will start following Harold trade

    The 49ers dealt starting outside linebacker Eli Harold to the Lions Thursday, opening the door for Nzeocha to start in his place Saturday against the Colts, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

    Nzeocha signed a one-year deal this offseason with an expectation of serving on special teams, but Harold's departure opens up a potential starting role to begin the season. The 28-year-old recorded just six tackles in kickoff coverage over the last two seasons, so it's unclear what type of production can be expected if he hangs on to the starting job come Week 1. Pita Taumoepenu and rookie Fred Warner could also compete for the job over the final two weeks of the preseason.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Records two tackles

    Nzeocha (elbow) recorded two tackles in Thursday's preseason opener against the Cowboys.

    Nzeocha had been limited in camp with an elbow injury, but his presence in Thursday's contest proves that he has healed up. The 28-year-old is competing for a special teams role, but Eli Harold's knee injury could open up playing time at weak-side linebacker depending on how long the starter remains sidelined.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Suffers elbow injury

    Nzeocha is considered day-to-day after suffering an elbow injury, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

    This is the first report of Nzeocha being sidelined with an injury, but there doesn't seem to be much concern regarding the severity. Nzeocha signed a one-year deal with the 49ers back in January, but he's expected to be limited to special teams usage should he make the team's final roster.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Re-signs with San Francisco

    The 49ers signed Nzeocha to a one-year contract Friday.

    Nzeocha, who the Niners signed off the Cowboys' practice squad in September, logged four tackles in 10 games for San Francisco in 2017. He'll likely remain a key part of the team's coverage on special teams but isn't expected to have much of a role on defense in 2018.

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  • 49ers' Mark Nzeocha: Joins 49ers

    Nzeocha signed a contract with the 49ers on Monday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

    Nzeocha makes the jump from the Cowboys' practice squad up to the 49ers' 53-man roster, with defensive end Tank Carradine being place on injured reserve in a corresponding move. The 2015 seventh-round pick will likely only play a special teams and reserve linebacker role in San Francisco.

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  • Mark Nzeocha: Cut Monday

    Nzeocha was waived by the Cowboys on Monday, Nick Eatman of the team's official site reports.

    After the Cowboys acquired linebacker Jayrone Eliott in a trade from the Packers, Nzeocha was the casualty. Nzeocha played in six games last season and recorded three tackles. He's eligible to join the team as a practice squad member if he clears waivers.

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  • Cowboys' Mark Nzeocha: Returns to practice Thursday

    Nzeocha (knee) was back at practice Thursday, the Cowboys' official site reports.

    Recovery from a knee scope in June slightly delayed the start of his training camp, but the linebacker is now back in the mix. Heading into his third NFL season, Nzeocha has only three tackles in eight career games, but he could see his role expand in 2017, depending on the availability of Damien Wilson, who could be facing a suspension for an off-field incident, and Jaylon Smith (knee).

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Neusitz, Germany
Age: 33
School: Wyoming
Experience: 7